How to Reduce the Impact of Air Quality Irritants 05/19/2016How Can I Improve My Indoor Air Quality? Spring has gratefully arrived! Which may not be such tremendous news for allergy sufferers. While you’re staying indoors to avoid the pollen, you likely have indoor allergens to resist with as well. Luckily, Forster Heating has the tools to help you own the battle against allergens and help improve your indoor air quality. One-inch Air Filters One-inch filters should be switched in your system every couple months. You may have to change them more or less often depending upon a few factors such as: pets, the outdoor air quality and the number of people living in your home. It’s imperative to keep on top of filter replacement not only to better your indoor air quality, but also because if your filter is filthy your system has to work harder. Electrostatic Air Filters These filters generate forceful static charges as air passes through them. This charge collects particles that are small enough to get through replaceable filters. Normally, electrostatic filters never need to be replaced as they are washable--either by you or a professional. This is an advanced maintenance chore. This style of filter does result in more restrictive air flow, which can get worse with time and lack of maintenance. High Efficiency Air Filters These are usually four to five-inch-wide high efficiency pleated filters which are crimped like an accordion, which allows for greater surface area and lower friction to air-flow. These filters have the most efficiencies (or MERV ratings), which means it removes more of the small particles from the air flow. Some also have activated carbon fibers which neutralize odors. Germicidal Lights Our current, energy efficient homes provide a breeding ground for the increase of mold and bacteria that stir with the air we breathe. Ultraviolet light wrecks the DNA of mold, spores, fungi and bacteria on the indoor coil which keep them from getting in the air stream. Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers There are a number of issues that happen from having either too much, or too little humidity in your home. Too much humidity generates mold; too little humidity causes respiratory problems. Lennox offers a number of whole-home humidity solutions that will keep you happy and breathing easy. Whole Home Solution Lennox’s PureAir Air Purification System is a whole-home solution that utilizes a high efficiency carbon filter and photocatalytic oxidation to fight all three types of indoor pollutants: airborne particles, germs and bacteria, and chemical odors and vapors. The team at Forster Heating would love to work with you and keep the air quality in your home up to the best standards. Call us at 530-885-8081 to speak with one of our indoor air quality specialists if you have any questions about your home satisfaction. Or, if it’s simpler for you, set up an appointment with us online.